Maha Hilal

Maha Hilal

Maha Hilal has a PhD in Justice, Law, and Society from American University in Washington, DC and the focus of her research and expertise is institutionalized Islamophobia in the War on Terror and it's impact on Muslims and Muslim Americans.  Dr. Hilal is currently the Co-Director of Justice for Muslims Collective, an organizer with Witness Against Torture, and a Council member of School of the Americas Watch.

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Saturday, June 01, 2019
There's a Simple Explanation for Racial Disparities in Terrorism Prosecutions: Racism
Terrorist attacks by white supremacists have been on the rise. But federal law enforcement agencies aren't simply failing to respond. In many cases, they're failing to event count white supremacist attacks as such. Two recent congressional hearings—one on the rise of domestic terrorism and the...
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For anyone paying attention, its no coincidence that two of the three countries have the highest numbers of refugees are Afghanistan and Syria—countries that have born a large brunt of the US’ War on Terror. (Photo: Getty) Views
Friday, February 22, 2019
Democrats Might Oppose Trump’s National Emergency, But They’re Hardly the Resistance
In a letter to Members of Congress yesterday, Nancy Pelosi wrote in response to Trump’s emergency declaration, that, "The President’s decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be...
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
If We Want to Support Refugees, We Need To End the Wars That Create Them
The concept of sanctuary, providing refuge and protection to people who are marginalized and oppressed, has a long history in the United States—even when the United States itself is responsible for that repression. An early example of sanctuary in the United States is the Underground Railroad of...
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Trump Plans to Make It Easier to Kill Civilians with Drones. Sadly, We Can Thank Obama for That.
Barely a month after President Donald Trump announced plans to deepen and extend the now 16-year-old U.S. war in Afghanistan, reports surfaced of plans to expand another signature Obama-era policy: the drone war. Specifically, The New York Times reported in late September that the administration is...
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Sunday, October 01, 2017
Abu Ghraib Prison Was Closed in 2014, But Its Horrendous Legacy Lives On
" America is the friend of all Iraqi people ." This was the sign put up at Abu Ghraib prison—one that replaced Saddam's portrait when the US took it over as part of the war on terror. It was Abu Ghraib prison that introduced the world to the violent infrastructure of torture in the war on terror...
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Monday, September 11, 2017
The War on Terror Has Targeted Muslims Almost Exclusively
Every year on September 11, the United States mourns the innocent lives that were lost in the terrorist attacks of 2001. Each year I remember these victims, too. But I also mourn the often forgotten victims of the never-ending wars and draconian counter-terrorism policies of the post 9-11 world:...
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
The Supreme Court’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Decision Is Terrifying
I’m a U.S. citizen. I’m also Muslim. And the Supreme Court decision on the Trump administration’s Muslim travel ban scares me. In a June 26 ruling, the court decided to leave in place parts of the Muslim ban while the merits of the case are debated, effectively barring individuals from six Muslim-...
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